Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals

Do you notice how this whole rug is like a game for the eyes?

What did the rug makers intend?  I’m unsure, but this exceptionally fine, yet playful, silk rug hails from China around 1880.  The square size of the rug may represent it having been used as a table carpet or meditation rug.

It conveys many little stories all within the same frame, using detail, characters, and the muted tones of blues, grays, oranges, and browns.  Perhaps the animals depicted even helped anyone who sat on the rug meditate to an even deeper state.  Let us enter the carnival of this rug. Continue reading